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South Africa has what it takes to create Global Cannabis brands

It has been almost four years since the Constitutional Court ruled that South Africans have the right to consume cannabis in the privacy of their own homes, effectively decriminalising the personal use of cannabis.

Since then, there have been important milestones that have enabled the emergence of South Africa’s fledgling cannabis industry.

In 2019, cannabidiol (CBD) was officially rescheduled a level 4 substance, meaning that all CBD containing preparations were rescheduled and fully legal.


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The world’s tallest-ever hemp building has been erected in South Africa.

The 12-storey building at 84 Harrington Street, Cape Town was built by local companies Hemporium and Afrimat Hemp using hempcrete blocks and building systems.

Duncan Parker, founding partner and CEO of Hemporium, said: “I bought 84 Harrington in 2016, with the idea being that it would become the flagship Hemporium store, a steak restaurant, and house the ‘Hemp Hotel’, a place where people can experience living in a hemp-constructed space.

“From a sustainability and eco-construction perspective, we wanted to take hemp construction in South Africa to the next level, while also contributing to the inspiring hemp construction projects being undertaken globally.


Clinical trial in South Africa to study efficacy of psilocybin on women with HIV and depression


A new study in South Africa aims to examine the effect of psilocybin on treating depression in HIV-positive women with the goal of increasing treatment compliance.

No matter how effective HIV and AIDS treatment have become in the so-called “first world,” the disease is still devastating in places like South Africa. Indeed, HIV infection represents one of the most serious public health challenges in the country. South Africa has the tragic distinction of being the country with the highest number of people infected with the disease globally and the fourth highest adult HIV prevalence rate according to UN statistics. A whopping 13% of the population is infected.


South Africa: North West farmers encouraged to apply for hemp permits

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Mohono said the hemp permit process follows a Cabinet decision taken in 2019 to have a plan for industrialisation and commercialisation of Cannabis, in order to increase economic growth, create jobs and poverty alleviation.

orth West Agriculture and Rural Development (NWDARD) MEC Desbo Mohono has encouraged local farmers and manufacturers to apply for hemp permits, in order to participate in the hemp industry.

Mohono said the hemp permit process follows a Cabinet decision taken in 2019 to have a plan for industrialisation and commercialisation of Cannabis, in order to increase economic growth, create jobs, and poverty alleviation.

The decision followed an establishment of a committee to guide the development of a Cannabis Masterplan.


South Africa is currently the third-largest illegal cannabis producer in the world.

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In his SONA on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that government would be looking to ease policies to help the hemp and cannabis sectors grow in South Africa.

"We will review the policy and regulatory framework for industrial hemp and cannabis to realise the huge potential for investment and job creation."

Ramaphosa claimed 130 000 jobs could be created if the industry were supported and regulatory processes streamlined.

Co-founder of Hemporium Tony Budden, says we should be focusing on developing the market that exists here in South Africa.

"We have a local market that deserves to have access to affordable hemp and cannabis products" he tells Cape Talk.


Hemp permit process to litmus test cannabis sector inclusivity

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Small-holder farmers meant to benefit from South Africa’s new cannabis dispensation to unlock a potentially huge economic sector may be left out in the cold because of stringent regulatory requirements. 

At the end of October, the Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development Department announced the opening of applications for hemp cultivation permits, a move welcomed by 

organisations that have been waiting to kick-start this new economic sector. This followed the declaration of hemp as an agricultural crop under the Plant Improvement Act, which allows its importation, exportation, cultivation, sale and research.


Updated cannabis rules proposed for South Africa – including dealing with age limits and driving

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The Department of Health has backed the introduction of the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill but warned that some health and safety issues will need to be addressed.

Presenting to parliament on Tuesday (24 August), the department said that the legal decision to decriminalise cannabis for private use is correct.

It said it is not appropriate from a human rights perspective to lock up people who use cannabis, give them a criminal record and waste state resources.

However, it said that the proposed draft Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill does not go far enough in addressing concerns around children, second-hand smoke and the impact on road users.


Cannabis Firm Plans South Africa IPO, Magic Mushroom Expansion

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Cilo Cybin Pharmaceutical Ltd. is considering an initial public offering in the next 12 months after becoming the first South African company to win the right to grow, process and package cannabis products.

The firm, named after the psychoactive substance in magic mushrooms, received the required certification from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority. It will now be able to produce marijuana for sale to consumers around the world, founder and Chief Executive Officer Gabriel Theron said in an interview.


Cannabis Clubs in South Africa Remain in Legal Limbo

Like Spain right now, cannabis clubs in South Africa are a hot topic. Not only are they flourishing, despite their uncertain legal status, but advocates are calling for clarity as the country begins to get ready for 2023.

How fast the legality of the clubs will change is uncertain, but this issue is clearly on the agenda of reform activists if not the nascent industry beyond that.


Africa Needs Cannabis to Spark Economic Growth

In April 2018, Zimbabwe became the second African country to legalize cannabis for medical and scientific use. It joined a small group of pioneering African countries, the bulk of them in southern Africa, that have in recent years commercialized the crop or made great strides in that direction.


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